As we first reported more than two years ago, a sequel to The Shining, called Doctor Sleep is in development. And we have some exciting news regarding the now completed film’s release to share with you! Previously announced for a January 2020 theatrical bow, the film has been pushed forward for a November 8th, 2019 release. This is fantastic news, seeing as how we typically seem to be reporting that a feature has been pushed back, rather than moved forward. So, cheers to that.
Oscar winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman wrote the first draft of the screenplay, which was later rewritten by the film’s director, Mike Flanagan.
Doctor Sleep will star Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrance. Appearing alongside McGregor will be Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay, Bruce Greenwood, and genre favorites Alex Essoe and Jocelin Donahue.
Doctor Sleep is, of course, a follow up to Stephen King’s The Shining. King served as an executive producer on the film, which is being developed at Warner Brothers. Stay tuned for more on this project as we learn it.
Stephen King’s novel, Doctor Sleep takes place several decades after the terrifying events depicted in the first book and follows a middle aged Dan Torrance as he continues to try to cope with the events that took place at The Overlook Hotel. Now having his own struggles with alcohol, Danny gets sober and relocates to a small New England town. Once there, he rediscovers his psychic abilities and meets a young girl who badly needs his help.